How To Make Your Home More Hygge
Updated: Aug 14
Your home is your personal little oasis. There's nothing like relaxing after a long hard day. But, adding some more hygge vibe makes it even better. Here are some simple ways to make any home ooze that hygge Scandinavian vibe. The Danish are on to something...it makes you feel good, which in turn helps you feel better and be more content with your life.
The idea for this blog post came to me after reading the Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking (aff link) and it is actually such a fun read.
Keep reading to find out my top hygge tips.
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If you haven't heard of hygge before, let me briefly try to explain this relatively unexplainable Danish term. Hygge is pronounced hoo-gah and it refers to a sense of comfort, and coziness that makes one feel happy, content, and relaxed. The Danes are pretty good at making their homes hygge friendly, but hygge can also refer to an activity that is comfort inducing. So achieving hygge is about more than just adding candles to your living room. It's also a state of mind and feeling, such as a moment of enjoying something homey and special. Think of it as Danish self-care.
Below you'll find easy ways to practice and live the hygge lifestyle!
TIP #1 - TURN OFF BRIGHT LIGHTS & LIGHT CANDLES
Candles offer the ultimate cozy vibe...just think about crawling into bed with your favorite book (or tv show) and smelling the fragrant aroma of a candle.
Turn off the bright lights in the house and enjoy a dim light by opting for a small table light that will give you just enough light to read or do an activity. Having lots of lights can be distracting and stressful, so consider sitting by the candlelight or table lamp while relaxing.
Light some candles, if you enjoy scented candles light those ones too, as they contribute to the feeling of hygge. Hygge is supposed to bring on a sense of coziness which candles are known to bring.
Candles are for every season! They offer such delightful aromas and smells, and they can make your room smell amazing.
LEMON & VERBENA FOR SPRING & SUMMER
LIGHT & FRESH - Balance WATER LILY & PEAR
Even during the spring and summer season, it's best to work in natural light. Let the sunshine through the window and give your room that nice warm glow.
TIP #2 - ENJOY A DELICIOUS BEVERAGE IN A COZY SPOT
You can't hygge, especially on those cold chilly evenings, without a hot drink in hand. Choose whatever you like, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or cider. To make this type of hygge happen often, you should always stock your pantry and kitchen with a variety of teas, hot cocoa mixes, and coffee. If you really want to take hygge to the next level, enjoy some whipped cream...with hygge, it's OK to enjoy comfort food and drinks.
During the warm months, hygge with your favorite iced tea, or cocktail. Pour yourself a cup of iced coffee, or try the Dalgona coffee trend. Whatever you like, have it!
For this drink hygge, you need a cozy spot like your sofa, an outdoor patio, or a special nook in your kitchen.
Don't forget to put on some cozy slippers around the house. Fluffly ones give that extra luxury feeling.
Make a habit of finding a good spot to relax.
Here's a suggestion:
Christopher Knight Home Cecilia Swivel Chair with Loose Cover, Natural Fabric that you can easily move around and place in your favorite spot!
TIP #3 - ADD LOTS OF BLANKETS AND PILLOWS
Since hygge is all about maximum comfort, you need to have a comfy nook, couch, or bed with some throw pillows and a cozy soft blanket. Danes invest in quality bedding and furniture, including accessories such as blankets to ensure maximum comfort in the home. It's very easy to achieve a state of hygge when the body feels cozy.
A blanket should be pretty, cozy, and functional, like this:
Or consider some cute throw pillows:
All you need is love lumbar pillow
If you have a fireplace, light it up and enjoy the fire - that's another great way to hygge. If you don't have a fireplace, ensure your home is warm enough and turn up the heating.
For those summer days, add satin or silk bedding to make your bed feel cool and refreshing.
Satin is affordable and a good dupe for expensive silk sheets!
TIP #4 - CREATE A HYGGE DINING SPACE
Good food is important for a hygge lifestyle. Indulging in delicious desserts and tasty food is a must - but having a hygge dining space is also essential.
First, keep your dining table and counters CLEAN! It will make you feel less stressed out about cooking and dining.
Make your dining table hygge friendly - make it pretty, yet functional. Add some candles, some nice decorations, and a set of plates that make you feel luxurious.
Here are some cheap ways to add the feeling of luxury which will make you love your dining space:
Vintage Style Plates
Lemon Print Placemats
TIP #5 - ADD NEUTRAL COLORS TO YOUR BEDROOM
Try to keep your bedroom a relaxing and simple space. You don't want to have a distracting room, so avoid clashing colors and too much unnecessary decor. You want the objects in your bedroom to hold a special spot in your heart, the items should be either special to you or functional. The paint color palette should be neutral to create a calming effect.
Scandinavian design and decor is the epitome of simple and minimal - think of the basic Ikea furniture - it's meant to be affordable, simple, and timeless.
I've included this cool minimalist lamp with brass details and a vintage style bulb. It's basic but it adds a touch of modern luxury to any room.
Extra tip: add potted plants that are easy to care for. Plants add an extra hygge atmosphere. Even a faux plant works, it adds some personality to the room. Choose simple plant pots that are in neutral colors.